January 22, 2015 |
Former State Rep. J.P. Miranda pleaded guilty Tuesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to charges stemming from a scheme to funnel payments to his sister through a no-show employee. His sister, Michelle Wilson, also pleaded guilty before Judge Edward C. Wright in the case brought by District Attorney Seth Williams. Miranda, 28, and Wilson, 35, were each originally charged last January with three felonies - conflict of interest, perjury, and criminal conspiracy - following a grand jury investigation.
January 22, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The New York Knicks had lost 16 consecutive games when Jose Calderon, one of their starting guards, spotted up in the right corner and caught a bounce pass from Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. Calderon had missed eight of his nine shots in the game. The Knicks had once led by 15 points and, even though neither Anthony Davis nor Jrue Holiday was playing for New Orleans, now led by one. There were 38.7 seconds left in regulation. If Calderon missed the shot, no one at Madison Square Garden would have expected the Knicks to win. No one. After 16 straight curveballs, who still sits on a fastball?
January 22, 2015 |
FAIRHOPE, Ala. - Eagles coach Chip Kelly did not stop to talk to reporters after yesterday afternoon's South team practice at Fairhope High, but he did toss a few quips over his shoulder as he departed. Asked about his plans for filling the personnel-chief job the team announced when Kelly took control of that operation on Jan 2, Kelly said his immediate plan was "to go back to my hotel and take a shower. " Asked about a timeframe, Kelly said his shower should take about 5 minutes.
January 21, 2015 |
Reuben Amaro expects to file for unemployment by the end of next month - or in early March. That's when the Saladworks in the Gallery will close for renovations at the Center City mall. Amaro, 48, has twice been manager of the restaurant, for a total of seven years. "I'm looking at unemployment for now," said the man with almost the same name as the Phillies' general manager. (The baseball Amaro spells his first name Ruben.) Amaro found out when he returned to work Dec. 16 - three days after his wedding - that the restaurant was shutting down for as long as two years.
January 20, 2015 |
THE ISLANDERS' Garth Snow deserves to be in the running for the NHL's general manager of the year award. Count that among the things I never thought I'd type. Snow's quixotic, 9-year run at the helm of New York's forgotten sports franchise has had plenty of laughs. Remember his first order of business? Goaltender Rick DiPietro's 15-year, $67.5 million contract? Or what about that proposed trade at the 2012 draft, when Snow reportedly offered all seven of his picks (Nos. 4, 34, 65, 103, 125, 155, 185)
January 17, 2015 |
More than 50 years ago, Zion Baptist Church's pastor, the Rev. Leon Sullivan, the "Lion of Zion," created a roaring economic engine designed to empower African Americans through self-help, job training, and community investment. These days, no one would describe one of the pillars of Sullivan's vision, the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, as roaring. Floors in OIC's five-story building on North Broad Street, which once housed OIC programs, are leased to tenants, including two charter schools, and there's plenty of space on the main floor OIC occupies.
January 13, 2015 |
The company with the most job openings in metro Philadelpha is - Oracle Corp. ? The California-based business software giant is at the top of the regional hiring list, according to a January scan of corporate openings collected by the jobs website SimplyHired.com. Next on the list are Johnson & Johnson, Comcast, Penn Medicine , and Pricewaterhouse- Coopers . Six months ago J&J had the most local jobs open; a year ago it was Bayada , the home-health aide company.
January 12, 2015 |
The Eagles are expected to interview Seahawks director of college scouting Scott Fitterer for their executive personnel vacancy, according to ESPN. The report said that Fitterer would interview this week. Seattle beat visiting Carolina, 31-17, in an NFC divisional playoff game Saturday night. The Eagles haven't confirmed reports during the search for a new senior scout. Fitterer has been in his current post since 2010, and in that span the Seahawks drafted 13 starters, according to the team's website.
January 11, 2015 |
Mayoral candidate Doug Oliver abruptly resigned as Philadelphia Gas Works spokesman Friday after questions were raised about his visibility in a television commercial for the city-owned utility. Given Oliver's mayoral ambitions, City Councilman James Kenney had questioned the appropriateness of Oliver's appearance in a PGW ad for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In an interview Friday, Oliver said he had discussed the situation with the PGW board and concluded the issue was becoming a distraction undermining his ability to properly serve as PGW's senior vice president for marketing and corporate communications.
January 9, 2015 |
Brendan Boyle ran for two legislative seats last year and had his choice of two oaths Tuesday: Swear in with the freshman class of U.S. representatives or retain his post in the Pennsylvania legislature. He chose Congress, obviously, leaving his state House seat in Northeast Philadelphia vacant until a special election is held in the spring. From his Washington office Tuesday, Boyle, 37, said that even though he was viewed as an underdog during the heated four-way Democratic primary for Allyson Y. Schwartz's congressional seat, he wasn't holding onto his old seat because he thought he'd need it. "Had I not run for both seats, then it would have been the opportunity of a few select ward leaders to pick my replacement without an election, and that person would serve two years," he said, referring to the different rules that apply if a candidate withdraws from the ballot vs. vacating the post.